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Cornish Grants for Students Closer

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 6th January 2012

Cash handouts for Cornish students could move a step closer.

The council wants to replace the scrapped EMA grant.

Officials would pump in £700,00 a year. It would help teenagers studying for A-levels with the cost of things like travel, books and equipment.

The government pulled the funding as part of austerity cuts. But now the council is close to reintroducing it for some students. A committee will consider the plan on Friday.

Sophie travels from St Austell to study at Truro. She said, "Now it's been stopped I've found it harder. I'm getting through about £30 a week. That's my wages. But it's so hard to use it for everything that I need."

David Walrond is Principal at Truro and Penwith College. He said, "What Cornwall Council have done is a very bold and impressive step, investing in young people in Cornwall and their future. It's particuarly important for a rural area where travel to study distances are large, that people don't lose out on their opportunities because financial support has been withdrawn."

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